Program Evaluation Committees

ACGME programs must have a Program Evaluation Committee (PEC) appointed by the program director that functions in compliance with both the common program and program specific requirements. The goal of the PEC is to oversee curriculum development and program evaluations for its respective graduate medical education training program. The program director may serve as the chair of the PEC or he/she may appoint another faculty member as chair.

Each PEC must be composed of at least two program faculty members and one resident or clinical fellow from the program (unless the program does not have any enrolled trainees). Faculty members may include physicians and non physicians from the core program or required rotations in other specialties that teach and evaluate the program’s residents or clinical fellows.

Each PEC must have a written description of its  responsibilities. At a minimum, the PEC will meet at least annually even if there are no residents or clinical fellows  enrolled in the program. The committee’s responsibilities are to:

  • Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate educational activities of the program;
  • Review and make recommendations for revision of competency based curriculum goals and objectives;
  • Address areas of non compliance with ACGME standards;
  • Review the program annually using evaluations of faculty,
  • residents or clinical fellows, and others;
  • Document on behalf of the program, formal, systematic evaluation of the curriculum at least annually and render a written Annual Program Evaluation (APE), which must be submitted to the GMEC annually in the Annual Program Director Update;
  • Monitor and track each of the following:
    • Resident performance;
    • Faculty development;
    • Graduate performance
    • including performance on certifying examination;
    • Program quality; and
    • Progress in achieving goals set forth in previous year’s action plan.
  • Review recommendations from the Clinical Competency Committee.

The PEC will be provided with confidential resident or clinical fellow and faculty evaluation data by the program’s administrative staff in order to conduct their business.

The program director is ultimately responsible for the work of the PEC. The program director must assure that the annual action plan is reviewed and approved by the program’s teaching faculty. The approval must be documented in meeting minutes. The program’s annual action plan and report on the program’s progress on initiatives from the previous year’s action plan must be sent to the Office of Graduate Medical Education annually.

Approved, GMEC:
October 21, 2013